There are many strange looking foods around the world differed from various cultures and traditions. Among these, some strange Asian foods have been described in this article.
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Dead and Alive Fish
Dead and Alive Fish, Ying Yang Yu, is one of the most popular alive foods in China. Named Dead and Alive Fish because the fish’s body is deep-fried while the head is not fried. The fish’s body is cooked while its head is wrapped in a wet cloth to keep it breathing. The fish is still fresh and moving. It is cooked super quick with care not to damage the internal organs so that the fish can remain alive for 30 to 40 minutes. The fish is then covered in sweet and sour sauce and served live on a plate.This preparation has been alleged to be cruel. But some chefs claim that they cook the dish in this manner so in order to prove the freshness of the fish to the customer. Preparation of this dish is now prohibited in Taiwan, and illegal in Australia and Germany.
Raw Alive Monkey Brain
Monkey brain is a controversial foodstuff, often attributed to the Chinese, but also found in certain other countries. The tradition of eating monkey brains has led to over-hunting in Indonesia, especially due to the unfounded belief that eating the monkeys’ brain can cure impotence.
Raw alive monkey brain is a special dish affordable only for very rich people and is possible to order it only in Guangdong and once in Hong Kong. The chef puts a live monkey beneath a table with its head poking up through a hole. The consumers then eat its brains while the monkey is screaming. This dish is very expensive. Sometimes, consumers that order this dish want to prove their richness and bravery, but many can’t swallow a single bite. The dish was banned in China, but it’s still possible to find it in Guangdong.
Sea Tuna Eyes
Besides sightseeing when travelling to Phu Yen Province of Vietnam, tourists can also enjoy popular dishes such as spring rolls, oysters but the must-try dish is tuna eyes – one of the Best Vietnamese Foods. Sea Tuna eyes are fatty and have a unique flesh flavor, when eating it you can taste the sweetness and spiciness remain on your tongue.
Tuna is also called in Vietnam as “Cá bò gù”, a seafood which is high in nutritional value and is a very popular dish in many parts of Asia such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea. Hence, there should not be a surprise to add its name into our list of Best Vietnamese Food. Tuna eyes are as big as an egg, rich in Omega 3 and DHA, therefore it is good for your eyes.
For the central part of Vietnam, people there often add some more peanuts, small pieces of baked Vietnamese rice pepper – also one of Best Vietnamese Food. Tuna eyes in Phu Yen are not only have the sea flavor but also the breath of life and the people. In the central part, provinces along the coast have tunas but maybe this dish recipe is prepared best only in Phu Yen. Tuna eyes are rarely made it way out of province because the quantity is only enough for a few restaurants and cafes along the embankment in Phu Yen. If you have the opportunity to visit Phu Yen, you can enjoy this dish at Le Duan Street.
Eating live newly born baby mice (still hairless and barely able to open their eyes) is a popular dish in China called “Three Squeak”, supposedly named for the sound of the baby mice made before they are eaten. The first squeak is when the mouse is picked up from the plate with the chopsticks. The second is when the mouse is dipped into the soy-based sauce. And the third when the mouse is placed into your mouth. Typically, they are very newly born and thus the bone structure is still fairly loose. This delicacy is allegedly widely available in the Guangdong province. Even some people upload their videos on Youtube while eating live baby mice. It is so awful to watch but many people in China are still eating it without regrets.
Yet in Korea, some dishes are served with creatures still moving. San-nakji, also known as live baby octopus, is a signature of raw dishes in Korean cuisine. Once the order is made, the chef begins its method of preparation. Firstly, the living tentacles are chopped up and then lightly seasoned with sesame and sesame oil before being served immediately to the customers. This is to ensure that the octopus continue to squirm on the plate when served. San-nakji is served in Korean restaurants that serve sliced raw fish, but it also can be found at bars as a snack to accompany alcoholic beverages, such as soju. But the customers should chew tentacles up carefully while eating San-nakji because the suction cups on tentacles are still active when the dish is served. These suction cups on tentacles may stick to the mouth and throat that leads choking to death.
If you have an opportunity to eat these kinds of dishes, do you want to have them?